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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (2): 261–285.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Rebecca Field The fourteenth-century contemplative manual The Cloud of Unknowing and the shorter texts attributed to its author explore an extreme form of apophatic spiritual encounter. In order to guide his disciples in this kind of practice, the anonymous Cloud -author adopts a classical theory...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (3): 699–724.
Published: 01 September 2012
..., Richard Rolle, as well as to materials from vernacular traditions — the keeping of spiritual diaries promoted by the Devotio Moderna and the English text of The Cloud of Unknowing . © 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 a Monasticism...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 345–368.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Eleanor Johnson This essay analyzes the Middle English contemplative treatise, the Cloud of Unknowing , to show how its prose style is designed to embody the experience of spiritual practice. The prevalence of monosyllabic words in the treatise originates in how the Cloud -author understands time...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (3): 629–651.
Published: 01 September 2016
... as a “redemption” of the female body from some contemporary condemnatory and “monstrous” associations of poros- ity, breach, and fluid release.4 In less gendered readings, Julian’s corporeality is understood precisely as a conscious antithesis of the contemptus mundi tradition; in this view, the spiritual...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (2): 333–363.
Published: 01 May 2012
... that a mystical text, interested as it is in spiritual closeness, would make an enemy of distance, but Julian exacerbates the difference between the components of her text and between human and divine understanding. Only then can she discover the unity, insofar as it can be grasped, between herself...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (2): 221–253.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Lisa H. Cooper London, British Library, MS Egerton 1995 is a well-known miscellany of the late Middle Ages, filled like others of its kind with practical and didactic texts meant to assist its readers in their attempts at social, economic, and spiritual self-improvement. But it also contains...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 99–120.
Published: 01 January 2013
..., Gra- tiano reasons, the Jew must be guilty in a deeper, spiritual reckoning — as if his sins belonged to a ghostly and lupine former identity. Gratiano also speaks “nothing” in a more literal sense, identifying an empty space through which the guilty wolf-­soul flies. This space...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 317–343.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Patricia Dailey Hadewijch of Brabant's seventh vision of union with the Eucharist has often been cited as exemplifying the embodied nature of medieval women's spirituality. This essay recontextualizes the way embodiment and gender are conceived of through an analysis of the figures and functions...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (2): 285–314.
Published: 01 May 2008
... of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 38.2 / 2008 can always lend itself to indirect or refracted discussions of other topics, such as sex, political rebellion, or oppression, or apophatic subjects, such as God or the transcendent.7 In the case of the Daunce of Poulys, death is used to create...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (2): 241–259.
Published: 01 May 2003
..., ethical, and spiritual dispositions have been formed in the Church. Present in both the making of Scripture and in its reception, according to Catholic tradition, was the Holy Spirit. The narratives are certainly about “particular people at a particular place and time”: orthodox Catholicism never...